Sony Mobile announces date and time of its MWC 2017 press conference (Updated)
Update: We have received our official invite, which you can see at the bottom of this page. Also, Sony has confirmed to us that the event is going to be streamed live, so check back soon for information on how to watch it as it's happening. The original text of the article can be seen below.
Sony Mobile has announced its Mobile World Congress presentation times. The press conference will take place on February 27th at 8:30 AM CET in Barcelona. While no additional info is being given out at the moment, it's a safe bet we'll be seeing some new hardware announcements.
At CES 2017, the company made no announcements regarding new smartphone releases, leading us to believe it may have been saving the juicier bits for MWC. Past leaks have shown Sony has a number of devices in the works. Firstly, there's the two mid-range ones known by their model numbers, G3112 and G3221, both of which are equipped with the same octa-core MediaTek chipset. The G3112 will be the cheaper of the two, offering a 720p display, whereas the G3221 sports a 1080p one, along with a 23 MP back camera and 4 GB of RAM. Another possible device is the successor to last year's Xperia XA, of which we have a few leaked renders, showing minimal side bezels, a USB type-C port, a strap hole, and, thankfully, a 3.5 mm audio jack. Lastly, there's what appears to be the successor to the flagship Xperia XZ, which appeared in a blurry photo late last year.
The latter two devices appear extremely similar, possibly due to the so-called “unified design concept” which the company introduced last year. However, another possibility is that the leaks are actually of the same device, but due to the blurriness of the purported XZ photo we are unable to say with confidence whether this is the case. Regardless, the company's recent lack of new announcements makes us optimistic for Sony's presentation this year. Make sure to tune in regularly between February 27th and March 2nd, as we'll be covering the Mobile World Congress in details.